|New York Beneath a Bombsight (Coronet Magazine, 1941)|
When this article went to press, W.W. II was in full swing throughout many parts of Asia, Europe and North Africa. The United States had not yet been sucked in to its bloody maw, but the grim, determined men who ran New York City recognized that it was inevitable - and much to their credit, they had been studying the possibility of a New York City air raid since 1939.
"New Yorkers are expecting to be bombed. The War Department informed me officially that the probability of such a thing is 'microscopic', but nothing the Army can say will relieve a mounting feeling of personal danger in the minds of New York's millions. So, suppose an enemy airplane flies here from anywhere and suddenly empties its bomb-racks upon Manhattan's clogged midtown streets. What happens?"
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The New York Social Register (America, 1932)
Who could write an accurate assessment of social New York better than a celebrated Broadway playwright? Exactly; that is why we were so happy to find this essay by Clare Boothe Luce (1903 – 1987) on just that very topic:
"The Social Registers, which are the official indices of "society" in the large cities of the United States somewhat resemble, in character, Le Bottin Mondain, Webster's Royal Red Book
of London, the various Taschenbucher of Europe, with an occasional faint touch of the Almanach de Gotha
and Burke's Peerage."
"The New York Social Register for 1931 contained about thirty-five thousand names, an increase of fifteen thousand over the Social Register of 1914; and the fourteen social registers of the largest American cities contained more than one hundred thousand names - an increase of over fifty thousand names during the same length of time."
These figures are particularly remarkable when one considers that the social register of exactly one hundred years ago, Longworth's New York Directory, boasted exactly eighteen names."
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New York's Contributions to English (Holiday, 1949)
"New York City's contributions to the American language go considerably further than the pronunciation of 'avenyeh' for avenue or 'erl' for lubricant. Peter Stuyvesant's village has made rich entries into our spoken and written tongue. A handful, culled from Dr. Mitford M. Matthew's A Dictionary of Americanisms
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